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Are e-cigarettes a safe way to quit?

02 June 2018

These include making indoor public and workplaces smoke-free and insisting that tobacco packaging carries warnings that demonstrate the health risks for users.

The WHO FCTC, which came into force in 2005, calls on its Parties to take several measures to reduce demand and supply for tobacco products. Family members, mainly children are getting affected with the passive smoking and usage of smokeless tobacco increased in residences as per the survey, he added. But the country still doesn't fully comply with the standards set by the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The tobacco-free standards were also implemented at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Smoking and consumption of tobacco are really harmful to us. "You may have heard this a million times, smoking is unsafe to your health, but we still want to remind you every time we have a chance", said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a press conference Thursday at the DOH Central office in Manila. Whilst there are many methods to help people quit smoking, many studies have shown that carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring has proven to be very effective in monitoring and encouraging a person's quit attempt and this World Tobacco Day you have the chance to win a personal CO monitor. Tobacco is the second-leading cause of cardiovascular disease after high blood pressure.

"Political leaders must do more to raise awareness and protect people from the harms of tobacco", says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

This year the campaign will be titled "Tobacco Breaks Hearts" and is primarily centered around how smoking tobacco causes various heart and cardiovascular diseases, according to the World Heart Foundation.

For this year, the slogan chosen was "Tobacco and heart disease" and focuses on the negative impact of this practice on people's cardiovascular health.

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Significant numbers of women are kicking the habit, apart from in Europe, while the pace of reduction for men is a "cause for concern", World Health Organization says. Secondhand smoke cannot only cause an upsurge in cardiovascular risk in nonsmokers, but also increases the risk manifold as exposure increases.

Such a drop has not been seen in a decade, according to Public Health France, which carried out the study.

By sex: For males aged 15 and over globally, 43% smoked tobacco in 2000 compared to 34% in 2016, while 11% of females smoked in 2000, compared to 6% in 2016. In 2017, there were 12.2 million smokers.

It is clear that despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, many people continue to smoke. More than 5 million smokers worldwide have already completely abandoned cigarette smoking and switched to IQOS, PMI's heated tobacco product, with 10,000 smokers switching every single day.

Latest data from the WHO report indicates that there are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today - the same number as at the turn of the century.

Are e-cigarettes a safe way to quit?